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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1316:  IRS Commissioner Koskinen Says Resignation Did Not Come Up In Meeting With Trump Transition Team

IRS Logo 2The Hill, IRS Chief: Resignation Didn't Come Up in Meeting With Trump Team:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says he met with members of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team last week, but the subject of whether Trump would ask him to resign was not discussed.

"In none of that conversation did anything come up about my tenure," Koskinen said in an interview with Tax Analysts published Wednesday. "It was really focused on the agency, its challenges and what it would take to allow it to improve its operations, its outreach to taxpayers."

Many Republican lawmakers have been critical of Koskinen and have accused him of engaging in misconduct during congressional investigations into IRS handling of Tea Party groups' tax-exempt status. Earlier this month, the House Freedom Caucus tried to force a floor vote on impeaching Koskinen, but the effort failed and the House voted to refer the impeachment resolution to the Judiciary Committee.

Koskinen's term ends in November 2017. He reiterated to Tax Analysts that he plans to finish his term but would step aside if the incoming president requested him to do so. "I have not considered resigning," he said. "I've made it clear, particularly to the employees who care a lot about this, that I am committed to finishing out my term, which, as you know, ends next November. Although as I also made it clear, I serve at the pleasure of the president. And the president-elect will make whatever decisions he thinks are best going forward."

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Comments

With the impeachment vote pushed back to committee, it appears most republicans are through using this issue to rally their base. I expect it die off and Koskinen leaves in 2017. Hope the base enjoyed being used for political games.

Posted by: Daniel | Dec 15, 2016 6:18:16 AM

Trump needs to appoint a special prosecutor on January 21...indictments will come down beginning with Lerner...not that the media will cover it.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Dec 15, 2016 8:17:50 AM

Mr. Daniel: You hit the nail on the head.

Mr. VOI: If any indictments of anyone in the IRS are handed up, the media would cover it. You are silly. Is the sky falling yet?

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 15, 2016 4:15:14 PM

Daniel and Publius are wrong. The behavior of the establishment GOP in regard to holding the IRS accountable is par for the course, which both should know well if they have been following these daily updates.

You are making a big mistake if you think Tea Party supporters have forgotten how Obama weaponized and corrupted federal agencies. Let's hope Trump doesn't follow the precedent set by Obama but instead acts to reign in a federal government that has grown abusive.

Posted by: wodun | Dec 17, 2016 12:23:48 AM